Inspection & Testing
A mold inspection can be preventative or needed as a result from a problem, such as a water leak, visual mold findings, or health concerns. Inspection of the affected areas may help locate the source of mold contamination, identify some of the mold species present, and differentiate between mold and soot or dirt. Our inspection includes all the laboratory fees for the samples taken, a full report which includes the visual inspector’s assessment/recommendations to remediate any areas that are found to have fungal contamination.
Mold testing involves a series of steps for proper handling of the conditions and to inhibit future problems:
- Initial Consultation: The inhabitants' perspective of the condition of the home or building is the first step. Most observations start with a musty odor and/or a series of health issues.
- Visual Inspection: The technician will visually survey the home and look for mold growth areas, water stains, water intrusion points. A moisture meter and/or thermal imaging camera may be used here to determine humidity levels.
- Samplings: Once the area of mold content is found, an air sample can be taken along with an outdoor control sample. If mold is physically found, then a swab sample can be taken as well.
- Reporting and Recommendation: When lab results are obtained, a report will be generated explaining the specific situation, mold content levels, and recommendations for remediation, scope of work and clean up.
- Removal: The highest priority in a remediation is to protect the health and safety of the building occupants. The removal should be completed by a licensed mold remediation company for proper treatment of the area or areas.
- Final Clearances: Once the problem area is remediated, a clearance inspection is performed using a moisture meter and a thermal imaging camera to insure that all areas have been dried to industry standards. In addition, air samples are typically taken to insure that the mold was properly removed and that the home is safe for re-occupancy. After remediation, the indoor air quality should be similar to those in the local outdoor air (control). Lab results from final air sampling is the proof and documentation you need to be assured that the infesting mold has been removed properly and completely.
We offer various types of sampling and are able to adjust to the needs of our clients.
- Surface Sampling, which includes methods such as swab sample, tape lift, and dust wipe is commonly used to identify indoor fungi. Surface sampling may be useful in determining if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated.
- Air Sampling is one of the most common methods used to evaluate fungal levels in indoor environments. Air sampling is an adequate representation of the exposure levels of airborne spores since studies show that health effects to mold are mostly related to the respiratory system.
- Moisture Meters are often used to test humidity levels in suspected areas where mold may be hidden. This device is able to inform the inspector if unusual levels of humidity exist and if some areas are at risk for possible future mold growth.
- Borescope Cameras are used when there is limited visibility to the suspect areas. This tool is able to bend and maneuver non-invasively behind tight corners or heavy furniture. This aids the inspector in determining the size of the problem area and/or possible leak sources.
- Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera is a leading tool used when the source of a mold problem is a water intrusion. This infrared device can detect hidden leaks and water damage behind any material without damaging it in any way. It is also able to detect mold growth and water/moisture build-up within walls, floor or ceiling areas. Infrared thermal imaging tools have proven to be an excellent tool for quickly and reliably providing inspectors and their clients with an accurate analysis for a wide range of property problems. Some of which can be to locate areas of poor insulation or structural weakness is causing limited air retention, or for a look around the property for areas of concern for moisture and leak detection.